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January 1: Donna Douglas: Played daughter Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies. (Age 82). 1: Mario Cuomo: Governor of New York (1983 to 1994) (Age 82). 2: James Cecil Dickens: Known as Little Jimmy Dickens, best known for his song May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up ...

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The disappearance of misc.activism.progressive and the emergence of Thought Crime Radio

Almost four years ago, the articles in the USENET newsgroup misc.activism.progressive ground to a halt, and moderator Rich Winkel has all but disappeared from the USENET, whom I learn resided in Harrisburg (up until 2010, at least), a half hour or so drive from his ...

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Sounding off on the end of CanCon and the CRTC

I guess with the recent decision to axe all cancon requirements for daytime programming in Canada, the CRTC is crawling toward its own irrelevance. Let's not be naive, Canadian culture is that much more weakened without the protection it partially enjoyed from American influence. With ...

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Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map … barely

Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map ... barely

I've written about obscure Saskatchewan communities before. Here is another community far to the north of Unity. My ancestors from France settled here. Many of my ancestors were pioneers that broke new farming ground nearest to a community called Eldred, Saskatchewan. Eldred was about 10 km ...

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Zero

Once upon a time, around the year 525 during the reign of Pope John I, a monk named Dionysius invented the idea of Anno Domini by producing a calendar which marked the time since the birth of Christ. The numbering of the years was adopted ...

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Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

You know, I was minding my own business in this classy Chinese restaurant, engorging myself on their copious buffet, had my fill, and was handed the bill with an accompanying fortune cookie. This fortune cookie (the one to the left) really existed, and I never saw ...

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Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Maple is a robust math environment which can graph, solve equations, and solve for the unknown with the aid of its computer algebra solver (CAS), which is capable of computing exact roots of cubic functions, for example. I wanted to demonstrate for myself that Maple could ...

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Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Recently, I've been hit (my website that is) by someone possibly checking his plethora of links from his/her website, and when I back-traced it, I find this cool blog which acts as a convincing historical shrine to the late great 1050 CHUM Radio in Toronto. ...

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The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

This is more like a meta-review. I have gone to Canada Computes where nearly the entire Behringer line is sold, and was impressed by the specs. But does it do what I want, the way I want it? I face a number of obstacles, being a ...

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Young Trump staffers and their dating troubles

I think we can agree that Business Insider is not exactly a Leftist online publication. The news item has been echoed on MSNBC, GQ, The Cut, Vice – and possibly many other media (Politico apparently broke the story), and it lays bare a rather painful on-the-job hazard of a Trump Employee or supporter working in the DC area.

They can’t get laid.

Being a Trump staffer or supporter takes a toll on their private lives, apparently. Young staffers going on online dating find that the lifespan of the relationship is cut short soon after they have “the talk” with their partner. “The talk” is when the date comes out of the closet and admits to being a Trump staffer or supporter. It appears you would have better luck admitting that you’re bisexual or that you howl at the moon.

So, you don’t even need to work for him. This is also happening to people who came out of the closet during “the talk” saying they voted for Trump. One of the reasons reported for the impending break-up in this case is that they voted against birth control by voting for Trump. If this “talk” is happening over a text messaging, then it could devolve into the partner screaming in all caps calling the Trump supporter a “RACIST” and a “BIGOT”. One staffer was asked: “Did you rip babies from their mothers and send their parents to Mexico?”

DC. Whether you want to call it the District of Columbia or the District of Calamity, it is one of the most Democratic districts in America. Where coming out the building from work at your Trump-appointed government job at the end of the day means you have to endure getting yelled at, or having people flipping the bird at you.

The coping mechanism for dates has become either evasive, vague answers, or simply lying about their job or support. Looks like dating people who work for a racist, corrupt demagogue is falling out of style these days. Staffers will now be well advised to steer clear of bars where people might heckle them; or in restaruants where protestors might suddenly gather and loudly play recordings of crying babies and toddlers held in detention centres while they are quietly eating Mexican food.

In the end, they may be forced to look at each other for companionship. In fact, they do tend to gather with friends at home rather than go out into the town. But every niche needs to be filled. There are now Trump-friendly dating apps. And rumor has it that there are local bars in the DC area which cater to Trump supporters.

In most of these articles, including Business Insider, the article usually ends up with some kind of equivocal statement about the great career prospects and connections of the Trump staffers more than compensating for a decreased level of popularity.

But there is a deeper question here that is not getting looked at. The divisiveness of Trump’s style of governing is being felt to not too small a degree by his employees. Divisiveness, sustained as it is, is a sign of society devolving.

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part XII

Trump's doc says he's fit as a fiddle 
But I think he's fudging a little 
No doc talks like that 
Plus Trump's crazy fat 
Too fat for a framework that brittle

All of the president's men 
Run out of mean tricks now and then 
Trump chides them, "You jerks, 
Just go with what works: 
Investigate Clinton again!"

Trump's mindless supporters don't know 
Their hero's tough act's just for show 
He not only cries 
When critics crack wise, 
He pouts when his way things don't go.
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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part XI

Tweet Republican voters must wonder What sort of a spell are they under? Fox News says Trump’s cool But he’s Putin’s tool Should we have to pay for their blunder? We can’t keep on going this way Our plight seems more desperate each day I think we all know That Trump’s got to go There’s just no […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part XI

Tweet Stress made Devin Nunes get sick Trump told him, “This should do the trick” “Hey wait,” Devin cried “That’s pure cyanide!” “Don’t worry,” Trump said, “It works quick.” “Those bastards have me in a fix,” Trump whined, “Democrats are all dicks I’m useless, they say ‘Cause I sleep all day Please move your hand faster, Ms […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part X

Tweet Stress made Devin Nunes get sick Trump told him, “This should do the trick” “Hey wait,” Devin cried “That’s pure cyanide!” “Don’t worry,” Trump said, “It works quick.” “Those bastards have me in a fix,” Trump whined, “Democrats are all dicks I’m useless, they say ‘Cause I sleep all day Please move your hand faster, Ms […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part IX

Tweet There once was a VP named Pence Whose passion for God was intense He called his wife “Mother” Had eyes for no other And lacked but one thing: common sense A filthy rich fat guy named Trump Saw his pageant beginning to slump His beauty queen cried Trump took it in stride And canned her when […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part VIII

Tweet Our president promised a wall The neighbors would pay for it all But when it came time To show us the dime All Trump could do was just stall A well-to-do nitwit named Trump Was a liar, a thief and a chump He said “Yes I’m rich, The son of a bitch, My real name’s actually […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part VII

Tweet While driving his daughter to school Trump farted and felt like a fool Ivanka said “Dad, It really is bad I’ll just walk from here if that’s cool” What’s up with Sean Hannity’s hair? Did he mean to put his part there? The way that it’s cut It looks like a butt I bet little kids […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part VI

Tweet Trump met a young girl named Melania They went out to dine on lasagna He plied her with liquor And told her, “Eat quicker, By seven I plan to be on ya” One evening while roaming the White House Trump wondered if he had the right house Melania said “Hey, If I had my way We’d […] […]

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Oh yeah, and by the way: JFK Documents released

Tweet Back on 26 April, what I understand should have been the last of the JFK documents released to the general public and made available for download. Apparently, the deadline to release the last of them has been now moved to 2021. With all the distractions surrounding Donald Trump, including those distractions Trump made for himself, you […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part V

Tweet Now that the memo’s released And all of the screaming has ceased Those four little pages That seemed so outrageous Have gone from “the worst” to “the least.” Melania hated her life She didn’t like being Trump’s wife To deal with the man She thought up a plan Involving scotch, roofies and a knife While styling his […] […]

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My thoughts on the Logitech K380 Keyboard

Tweet I am writing this blog on the K380, first made by Logitech in 2015 or so. C-Net did a review, basing their experience the way I am — writing this article using it. Starting with the most visible features, it is predictably a small keyboard. You could feel cramped if you have large hands, but then […] […]

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In memoriam: World’s oldest living person, dead at 117

Tweet There is always “the oldest living person” somewhere. Sooner or later, they will pass on, and it is someone else’s turn to be the oldest. But the demise of Nabi Tajima of Japan would not be worthy of further comment, except that it appears as though she was the last person known to have been […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part IV

Tweet Not clapping for Trump is now treason A big deal to him for some reason He’s so full of crap Why bother to clap? With luck he’ll be gone by next season Republicans say we’re unfair For laughing at Donald Trump’s hair That orange cotton candy He thinks looks so dandy Came straight from the New York […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part III

Tweet Of Putin no ill has Trump spoken Such words anyway would be token As Trump’s critics know His bluster’s for show Vlad’s end would leave Donald heartbroken What sort of man needs a parade? Is this moron in the fourth grade? His hour of fun Will cost US a ton It won’t be his money that’s […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part II

Tweet Without any apprehension Trump screwed McCabe out of his pension He never gets tired Of saying “you’re fired” Or increasing national tension Said Donald, “I just had to try it” So Stormy got paid to be quiet Republicans blamed her Evangelists shamed her Trump did what he does — he denied it Controlling guns seems a lost […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part I

Tweet A YouTube viewer who goes by the name Todd Taliaferro posted a comment on YouTube that showed a prolific hand at making limericks (link here). His series of limericks goes on for some 45 or more stanzas. I was so impressed, I am going to post three of these per week. Trump’s “University” was a scam […] […]

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Google Autocomplete Follies

Tweet Humans are a curious species. We like to ask the questions about why things exist/happen/not happen, and so on. When I built my search engine questions, I began with the word “WHY”, then gradually built on that, one word at a time. Now, I pass on the list of questions to you. If the list of Google […] […]

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Today’s weather: Frantic!

Tweet I just want to go over some of the phrases I have heard to describe weather. So far, we have heard of thunder snow polar vortex bombogenesis derechoes meteotsunami Of course, this is in addition to those boring old hurricanes, avalanches, whiteouts, monsoons and tornadoes, which are so “old school” that perhaps nobody cares anymore. And now meteorologiests have invented something […] […]

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In Memoriam December, 2017

Tweet There are a lot of notable people who have passed away this year, but I think I got sidetracked on the ones that have died just this month. Here are some of the people whose lives I have found most interesting, alphabetized by first name: Ákos Császár. Hungarian topologist and discoverer of the toroidal polyhedron that bears […] […]

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